There have been various reactions to storming of Capitol in Washington DC on 6/1/2021. Some are flabbergasted, surprised, shocked and sad. Some are glad.
Leaders of West have condemned the violence. They called for peaceful transfer of power. Yet these leaders have cheered and applauded colour revolutions, Arab Spring and Hong Kong protests when such things took place. This shows the hypocrisy and duplicity of the leaders.
Leaders of China, Russia and Iran are happy. China is most happy. American leaders had glorified and justified Hong Kong protests when Legislative Council Building was stormed. Nancy Pelosi called the protests beautiful. Her office was damaged. At the same time yellow vest protests in France were condemned or ignored and crackdown on protests was justified.
When protesters opposed to Brett Kavanaugh appointment as Supreme Court Justice entered Capitol there was no condemnation.
Some Americans say “This is not what we are as a country.” They are wrong. This is what USA is as country. The difference is from 2016 Antifa had protested and rioted and in 2020 there was much arson, looting, vandalism and violence from Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters and rioters. Statues of Columbus, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and St. Junipero Serra were pulled down. There were attempts to pull down the statue of St. Louis. Many people protected it and prevented pull down. This time Trump supporters protested.
Donald Trump and supporters disputed election outcomes in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada and Michigan. Rudolph William Louis Giuliani fought cases without success. Sidney Powell made claims. She did not succeed. There was no success in US Supreme Court. Trump had appointed three judges who did not side with him.
Trump let Jared Kushner dictate terms to him. Conducted election campaign as per Kushner’s wish. The result is a disaster. Appointed Kushner favourites who did not have loyalty to him. Trump should fire Jared Kushner, Chad Wolf, Christopher Wray and Gina Haspel.
Twitter blocked Trump. Trump who had relied on Twitter to communicate with his followers and thrived on Twitter was helpless. Facebook, Instagram and Youtube followed suit.
Trump should be on Gab. It would have been different if he had switched to Gab some months back. Censorship by Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube would not have made difference. Twitter had many times contradicted Trump.
Some people in government resigned. Effective dates of their resignations including use of vacation, sick leave and compensatory offs are not known. They had not much to lose with two weeks left of Trump Presidency. Rats desert sinking ship.
Interesting is the case of Elisabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVos. She resigned as Education Secretary. Her brother Eric Prince owned Blackwater. Four Blackwater Guards – Nicholas Slatten, Paul Alvin Slough, Evan Shaun Liberty and Dustin Laurent Heard were in jail for killing 14 civilians in Iraq in September 2007 in Baghdad’s Nisour Square. Trump had pardoned them on 22/12/2020. She had nothing more to gain.
Trump had asked his supporters to fight against stealing of election. They did that. Trump betrayed his supporters by talking of heinous attack on Capitol.
Social media sites censoring head of government has serious implications for democracy and rule of law. India should take note.
1 thought on “Washington Violence”
What Trump and his followers did was disgraceful to say the least.